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not bad hey
on 30 July 2008
The final event before wrestlemania 21 was an all smackdown brand affair and it wasnt that bad,it was let down by some shockingly average matches that would have still looked out of place on thursday night smackdown but there were some matches that deserved special praise.
The event opened with the WWE tag team titles up for grabs as the champions rey mysterio and eddie guerrero went up against the basham brothers.My first thought was that the bashams would mess this match up but they did well,eddie and rey of course worked perfectly and created what can be viewed as an innovative,well structured and well paced match that had some comical moments but also retained a good level of quality.
Heidenreich fought booker T next in a match that no one wanted to see,there wasnt much hype going into this and this is not a match worthy of a pay per view,the ending was lame and there is nothing more to say other than avoid like the plague,a real disgrace,whoever booked this match should come on television and apologise to us all.
There was a 6 man elimination match for the crusierweight title next and the men featured included the champion at the time funaki,along with shannon moore,spike,paul london,akio and chavo guerrero.This match was good but slighly rushed,there was plenty of quality shown and a real desire to win,there werent too many cheap falls and the entertainment value was maintained.
The undertaker went up against luther reigns next,the crowd werent that happy with this as they felt,as i did,that the winner was never in doubt.This match was sluggish and went on longer than necessary,luther was well out of his depth but the undertaker carried him well at times so at least he made a fist of it in places,the undertaker wasnt perfect either though as he fluffed a few punches and oversold the odd move,two men that didnt work together then,ah well.
John cena fought kurt angle next in a very solid match,both men shared alot of ringtime in 2005 and this wasnt the best of the bunch but it had lots of endurance and clever moves and both men showcased their undoubted talents very well,hard to seperate the two in the end but their was one winner and that man deserves credit,a fitting tribute to the WWE and the smackdown brand at that juncture.
The main event was next,the WWE championship was the prize,the champion,JBL had it all to do against the big show in a barbed wire steel cage match.I must state though,that those bloodhounds looking for skin being torn from the bone by barbed wire may feel cheated as it hardly features,that is a shame but what can we do,there is still blood and some bad intentions showcased and a will to win that defies logic at times,this was a good match,not a classic but the ending contains a genuinely brilliant moment that will be talked about forever perhaps,i was happy enough with this event for the most part so three stars is a good rating.